Premier League

  • V. Anita 31’
  • 14’ S. Agüero
1 Half Time 1
20/04/2016
Premier League
St. James' Park
Attendance 46,424

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      HALF-TIME: NEWCASTLE 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY.
    • 90'
      FULL-TIME: NEWCASTLE 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY.
    • PENALTY SHOOTOUT
    • 90'
      Bony can't reach the delivery as Newcastle clear their lines admirably. That might just do it.
    • 90'
      Moussa Sissoko gets his studs up on Sterlin in midfield as the frantic pace continues. City will have one final chance to fling a ball into the box here...
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      SI R. Aarons SO A. Kolarov
    • 90'
      Waves of pressure being applied by Newcastle! They win successive corners, but can't call Joe Hart into action. The stadium is absolutely buzzing as they try and propel their side to find a dramatic winner which would prove to be a massive shift at the bottom of the table.
    • 90'
      Substitution Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez Rolando Aarons
    • 0'
      That's all for our live coverage from St. James' Park. Goodbye!
    • 0'
      Vurnon Anita salvages a point for the Magpies, cancelling out Sergio Aguero's controversial opener, his 100th Premier League goal which should have been called back for offside. At the end of the day a point is fair for both sides, although Newcastle will complain they should have had more based on
    • 0'
      Sergio Aguero opened the scoring with his 100th Premier League goal, though it shouldn't have counted, undoing a positive start from Newcastle. The Magpies were able to persevere, however, pulling level through Vurnon Anita, a rare goal for the Dutchman. Rafa Benitez has to be pleased with how his s
    • 0'
      Tension is high at St. James' Park as the players take to the pitch. They know just what's at stake and aren't prepared to say goodbye to top flight football. It would add insult to injury if the Magpies went down at the expense of their Tyne-Wear rivals Sunderland, putting that much more pressure o
    • 0'
      The Citizens are boosted by the returns of Vincent Kompany (calf) and Raheem Sterling (groin). The former is thrust straight into the starting line-up at the expense of Nicolas Otamendi, while the latter is amongst the substitutes. Pellegrini has made two other changes to the side which disposed of
    • 0'
      Rafa Benitez makes just one change to his side from their 3-0 victory over Swansea on Saturday, bringing Ayoze Perez into attack at the expense of Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman had previously started all 33 Premier League matches for Newcastle since arriving in the summer, but that streak is sna
    • 0'
      SUBS: Sterling, Caballero, Bony, Fernandinho, Demichelis, Otamendi, Iheanacho.
    • 0'
      MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernando, Delph; Navas, Toure, De Bruyne; Aguero.
    • 0'
      SUBS: Wijnaldum, De Jong, Shelvey, Aarons, Saivet, Woodman, Mitrovic.
    • 0'
      NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1): Darlow; Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Tiote, Colback; Townsend, Perez, Sissoko; Cisse.
    • 0'
      CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
    • 0'
      Manchester City’s focus will undoubtedly be on the Champions League, of which their semi-final tie against Real Madrid gets underway next week. With that being said, the Citizens still have a bit of work left in the league as they look to lockdown their place in the top four. A victory today would t
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to live coverage from St. James’ Park as Newcastle continue their quest for survival when they play host to a Manchester City side hitting their stride. The Magpies picked up a crucial three points on Saturday, but their work is nowhere near done. The odds are remain stacked agains
    • 1'
      Manchester City get the game underway at St. James' Park!
    • 3'
      The linesman nearly has a shocker as the ball clearly runs behind at the endline, but Navas is allowed to play on. His blushes are spared, however, as Newcastle are able to get bodies back and sniff out the danger. It would have been some controversy had City gone on to score there!
    • 5'
      Encouraging sign for the Magpies! An excellent cross in from Townsend presents Cisse with a glorious chance from in close, but the striker sends his header crashing onto the roof of the net. The hosts win the ball back straight away and Perez wins them a corner, as the noise level rises considerably
    • 7'
      STAT: Newcastle United have won none of the last 18 Barclays Premier League meetings against Manchester City (D2, L16), losing the last 12 in a row by a combined score of 38-6.
    • 9'
      This has been a positive start at both ends for Newcastle. Tiote gives the ball away carelessly in his own end, putting pressure on the defence, but they are more than up to the task. They look incredibly organised and focused at the back. Perhaps a great escape could be in order...
    • 11'
      You get a sense that both sides are a bit timid in the opening stages of the match. City have a massive game against Real Madrid looming in exactly one week, and the last thing any of these players want is to pick up a knock before then - a point Benitez stressed in his pre-match presser. As for New
    • 13'
      The competitive level in this Newcastle side is top notch at the moment. They're pressing the ball very well when City get into the attacking half, and closing their gaps admirably. They're going after every ball and putting in some hard - albeit fair - challenges.
    • 14'
      G S. Agüero Assist A. Kolarov
    • 14'
      Kolarov is the provider, whipping in a terrific delivery from the set-piece.
    • 14'
      GEORGDIE HEARTS ARE BROKEN! St. James' Park is left stunned as Aguero gets on the end of a free-kick to head home at the near post for his 100th Premier League goal... but he was a few yards offside! It's a shocking miss from the linesman! I haven't a clue how he didn't spot that!
    • 16'
      These fans are bound to pick up on the news of the offside through their mobiles, and they will be outraged at the decision. It's a massive goal in the relegation scrap and there's no doubt that it should have been called back. That's terrible luck from a Newcastle perspective, but they have to keep
    • 18'
      STAT: That was the 100th goal Sergio Aguero scored in the Premier League in 147 appearances, making him the 2nd quickest to 100 goals in the competition after Alan Shearer (124 apps).
    • 20'
      Perseverance is key for the hosts, who don't seem to be letting the missed call bother them. They're playing on with the same gusto, pushing the tempo quite well, though it's all going wrong for them in the final third. Goals have been an issue for them, and they'll very well need two tonight.
    • 22'
      JUST HORRIBLE! Lascelles completely loses his concentration and gifts the ball to De Bruyne, who goes in with Aguero two-against-one. The Argentine can't get into an onside position, so the Belgian goes for it himself, but can't place his shot in at the near post! That's an uncharacteristic miss fro
    • 24'
      City are growing in stature, like sharks who smell blood. This is a dangerous period the Magpies are entering and they need to find a better way to keep the ball when they win it back. Their attacking quality has been on a steady decline since the opening minutes.
    • 26'
      City put the ball out of play with Yaya Toure down and injured. As play comes to a halt, the midfielder pops right up and appears to be perfectly fine, which elicits a load groan from these home supporters who know every second is of the essence for them with their side behind.
    • 28'
      HAS TO BE A BETTER FINISH! It's horrible defending from Kompany who, despite being the last defender, commits himself to a tackle at the halfway line. Sissoko knocks the ball behind him with ease and sprints clean through on goal. He goes for an early strike from the top of the box, but sends an eff
    • 30'
      STAT: Manchester City have won seven and lost none of their last eight visits to St. James’ Park.
    • 31'
      G V. Anita Assist A. Kolarov
    • 31'
      Sissoko nabs the assist, though that was all in the individual skill of Anita.
    • 31'
      HOW'S THAT FOR A FINISH?! Newcastle have life yet again! Anita sprints down the right and cuts into the area, past some dreadful marking from Kolarov, before sending a finish crashing off the far post and in! It's a stunning strike from the Dutchman who has just his first goal since March 2014!
    • 33'
      St. James' has been brought to life again! With Newcastle buoyed by their equaliser, they're continuing to push the pace and keep the tempo high, which is causing City all sorts of problems. This is shaping up to be a memorable night on Tyneside!
    • 35'
      Sensing the match is getting away from them a bit, City keep the ball near the halfway line in an attempt to take the sting out of the match. It's quite smart from them, and working effectively, as the hosts are forced to drop back in defence to combat this patient build-up.
    • 37'
      The Citizens are continuing to take a patient approach in possession, but Newcastle are doing a spectacular job of keeping them on the periphery. The hosts aren't seeing as much of the ball as they would have liked since getting their equaliser, but their impressive defensive work has kept this crow
    • 39'
      STAT: Newcastle have two fewer points and minus-10 worse off in goal differential than they were at this same stage of the season in 2008/09 when they were relegated.
    • 41'
      The tempo has slowed considerably as we approach the interval, and given how this first half has unfolded, both teams will be content getting into the break on level terms. Newcaslte continue to close City down admirably, and the visitors seem to be lacking the required punch on the front foot.
    • 43'
      Cynical from Anita who realises he's not going to be able to keep up with Kolarov, as the left-back looked to break, so he steps in front of his counter-part to break up the move. He's shown a yellow card for the foul, but that was a smart one to take for the Dutchman.
    • 45'
      Just one minute set to be added on at the end of this first half.
    • 46'
      Here we go again!
    • 48'
      Newcastle have started on the front foot straight away, with City looking quite sloppy. Kolarov concedes a free-kick for a foul on Townsend, but the subsequent delivery from the ex-Tottenham man is just over the head of Perez, allowing Hart to collect.
    • 50'
      Penalty appeals denied! De Bruyne sprints ahead on the break and looks quite dangerous as he surges down the right. His ball in is a perfect one for Aguero, who goes to ground under slight contact from Mbemba as he tries to swivel away from the defender, but Kevin Friend doesn't want anything to do
    • 52'
      Another slip from Kompany! The centre-half is still shaking the rust off on his return from injury. His attempted pass out from the back is blocked by Sissoko, who nearly gets through on goal, but Hart is alert in coming off his line to clear the danger.
    • 54'
      EXQUISITE SAVE! That's a lovely piece of goalkeeping from Darlow! Navas is played through into the area as Dummett is caught sleeping, and he picks out the far corner, but the keeper is just able to reach down and get a hand to it as he tips it beyond the far post!
    • 55'
      SI A. Mitrović SO A. Kolarov
    • 55'
      The crowd roars with approval as Aleksandar Mitrovic is introduced as the first substitute. He had a great impact off the bench against Swansea and his contributions from the Tyne-Wear derby are still fresh in the minds of these Newcastle supporters. Cisse is the one to give way.
    • 56'
      Ayoze Perez is into the book for a stray challenge on Navas, who has stayed down here. This looks a precarious one for the Spaniard.
    • 58'
      Back come City now looking to generate any sort of spark in attack. Possession hasn't been an issue for them, but their creativity has been inconsistent at best. This game is genuinely in the balance and there's just no way of knowing how it will unfold.
    • 60'
      STAT: Newcastle have lost just one of their last six Premier League matches at St. James’ Park, scoring in each of those contests (W3, D2, L1).
    • 62'
      Newcastle are changing their approach a bit on the front foot, looking to whip balls into the box from the wider areas to feed Mitrovic's great aerial ability. City have been up to the task since his arrival, however, with Zabaleta producing a vital header to deny the striker at the far post.
    • 64'
      Aguero holds up his run and drifts into a pocket of space inside the area, where he's teed up for a strike. You would always fancy him to score from there, but the striker scuffs his strike, sending it straight at Darlow. The keeper fails to corral it first time, but he's able to recover and scoop u
    • 66'
      Great interplay from the hosts! They win the ball in their own end and pass it up the pitch brilliantly. Colback springs Sissoko down the left, and the Frenchman wins a free-kick with Kompany unable to intervene legally. This will be a real chance for Newcastle!
    • 67'
      Kompany goes into the book, but his error isn't penalised by Newcastle as Ayoze's delivery is sent weakly into the waiting arms of Hart.
    • 68'
      SI R. Sterling SO A. Kolarov
    • 68'
      Raheem Sterling makes his return from injury, getting a 20-minute cameo at the end of this match. He'll have the chance to prove his fitness ahead of the Real Madrid clash. Delph is the one replaced.
    • 70'
      Manchester City show their intent to grab a winner with the introduction of Sterling, but it's Newcastle who are taking the game to them at the moment. Ayoze is slipped through on goal at the end of another tidy counter, but he has to settle for a corner - which City defend capably.
    • 72'
      STAT: With a win today, Manchester City will equal the record of consecutive Premier League victories against a specific opponent (13 - Manchester United against Wigan Athletic).
    • 73'
      SI Fernandinho SO A. Kolarov
    • 73'
      The pace has become a bit too much for Yaya Toure, who is withdrawn for the final 20 minutes with Fernando taking his place.
    • 75'
      All the initiative is being shown by Newcastle who have shown great desire to go forward and find a winner. They have to be careful, of course, because conceding the next goal could prove detrimental to their survival hopes. It's a fine line they're walking.
    • 77'
      Tiote shows a bit of naivety in trying to defend De Bruyne, allowing the Belgian past far too easily. Thankfully for him, Sissoko is on hand to spare his blushes and force the ball for a corner, which Newcastle manage to deal with.
    • 79'
      You just get the sense that tired legs are starting to creep into this Newcastle side. Fatigue is no doubt going to play a part in the final 10 minutes and Rafa Benitez surely has to be considering going to his bench again to provide some fresh legs.
    • 81'
      SI G. Wijnaldum SO A. Kolarov
    • 81'
      There's the second change for the hosts and it's Georginio Wijnaldum who comes into the match for Townsend. The Dutchman scored nine goals in his first 22 matches in the Premier League, but has since gone 11 games without one. All of his tallies have come at St. James' Park this season, and he has a
    • 83'
      City just seem to be short ideas in attack. Newcastle are getting tired and the tension continues to rise in the stadium, but the Magpies continue to defend admirably - though they're not being tested by any real inquisitive balls from the visitors.
    • 84'
      SI W. Bony SO A. Kolarov
    • 84'
      City move into a 4-4-2 for the final minutes as Wilfried Bony is brought on to partner Aguero up top, with Navas the one to give way.
    • 86'
      STAT: Newcastle have scored just one goal in their last six Premier League games against Manchester City, conceding 23 in that time.
    • 87'
      A careless foul from Tiote presents City with a real chance to send the ball into the box. They pack bodies into the area in anticipation of the delivery, and it causes a bit of panic inside the area, but Darlow is able to parry it behind for a corner, which is promptly lifted over the bar by Kolaro
    • 88'
      MASSIVE SAVE! Tyneside nearly erupts as Wijnaldum does brilliantly to break into the area and get beyond both Kompany and Kolarov, but he's thrwarted magnificently at the near post by Joe Hart!
    • 89'
      An incredibly untidy challenge from Mangala on Wijnaldum sees the defender into the book. What an impact the Dutchman has had off the bench!
    • 90'
      There will be five minutes added on! Still plenty of time for a twist in the tale...
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Midfielder
    brazil
    Fernandinho
    25
    Captain
    73'Substituted

    SUBSTITUTES

    Attacker
    spain
    Ayoze Pérez
    17
    90'Substituted

    MANAGERS

    spain
    Rafael Benítez
    spain
    Josep Guardiola

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 13 8
    Yellow Cards 3 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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